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Next to Last Stand A Walt Longmire Novel By Craig Johnson: Review/Giveaway

IN THE November 7 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andMysteryrat's Maze

by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of the post on how to enter to win a copy of Next to Last Stand and a link to order it from Amazon and an indie bookstore.

History is written by the winners. That’s never more apparent than in Absaroka County, Wyoming, where Native Americans have more than a little objection to their portrayal not just in books but in movies, television, and artwork. One of the most well-known has been Custer’s Last Stand, a painting destroyed in 1946 but has lived on in Anheuser-Busch ads. Absaroka County Sheriff Walt Longmire has seen his share of warfare and the murky morality of it, most recently after a devastating rescue in Mexico. While attempting to be less protective with his attorney daughter Cady, Walt makes a visit to the Veterans’ Home of Wyoming, the last resting place for many America’s warriors. One of Cady’s favorite people there has died, and Walt has been called to the home to wind up the affairs of the Korean War Veteran Charley Lee Stillwater. It seems that the last Buffalo Soldier has a few last secrets that he was taking to his grave, at least of a million of them in a boot box full of cash. Along with an unexpected collection of artifacts and war memorabilia is a partial painting of General Custer, the very Last Stand that has long been believed to have gone up in flames in a Fort Bliss fire.

Walt is still reeling for the psychological and physical toll he experienced during his daughter’s rescue, and it has him again reevaluating his career and just where he fits into this violent world. Thankfully, his undersheriff Victoria Moretti isn’t shy about her demands that prod him back into living his life, although her “encouragements” may be filled with profanities and lurid suggestions. Walt’s best friend Henry Standing Bear is his usual wry self, commenting on the White Man’s continual exploitation and disregard for nature and its people. As Walt and his friends delve into the lofty art world they are frequently underestimated and disregarded, an attitude that has more than once led to criminals’ defeats.

Throughout the sixteen novels and many novellas, readers have seen the many highs and lows of Walt’s long law enforcement career. Family has always been a priority for the stoic lawman, which is why he is so torn by his overwhelming protectiveness towards his daughter while still respecting her independence. The exploration of Native American issues has always played a central role in the series, with the sharpest observations made by the cynical and forcefully blunt Henry Standing Bear. The artwork that has become so associated with a beer branch also depicts a very Western viewpoint, and its legacy has been passed down through to the present. The dark and uncertain tone threaded throughout the novel is lightened by the humor aggressively wielded by Vic, a balance Walt desperately needs in his life now more than ever. While new readers can easily slide into the lives of these extraordinary enforcers of the law, loyal fans will be rewarded as these beloved characters overcome tragedy and move on in their lives.

To enter to win a copy of Next To Last Stand, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “stand,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen November 14, 2020. U.S. residents only and you must be 18 or older to enter. If you are entering via email please include you mailing address in case you win, it will be deleted after the contest. You can read our privacy statement here if you like. BE AWARE THAT IT WILL TAKE LONGER THAN USUAL FOR WINNERS TO GET THEIR BOOKS DUE TO THE CURRENT CRISIS.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & mystery short stories in our mystery section. And join our mystery Facebook group to keep up with everything mystery we post, and have a chance at some extra giveaways. Be sure to check out our new mystery podcast too with mystery short stories, and first chapters read by local actors. A new episode goes up next week.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sherry Brown November 7, 2020 at 5:52pm

Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!!!
Would to win “Next to last stand”!!!!


2 Heather November 13, 2020 at 2:52am

This is awesome. What a way to spend time, Walt makes everything better.


3 Carl November 8, 2020 at 10:44am

I love the Longmire books but I’m also a fan of Vicki Delany. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Tea and Treachery. crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com


4 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
November 8, 2020 at 5:23pm

My bad, it is supposed to be to win a copy of the Longmire Book. It is fixed now.


5 Dianne Casey November 8, 2020 at 12:53pm

Sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for the chance.


6 Teresa Warner November 8, 2020 at 1:47pm

Would like to be included, count me in! tWarner419(at)aol(dot)com


7 Kara Marks November 9, 2020 at 4:26am
8 Donnie Colby November 12, 2020 at 5:53am

Awesome giveaway! Love this series.


9 Jack wilkerson November 12, 2020 at 5:55am

Sign me up in buffalo Wyoming. I would love ? this.


10 Larry Dolan November 12, 2020 at 6:51am

I’ve enjoyed the writings of Johnson.


11 Victoria Hunt
Twitter: @Don\'t use Twitter
November 12, 2020 at 6:55am

I have had the privilege of meeting Mr.Johnson on 3 occasions….his first novel A-Cold Dish being first! Due to Covid, I haven’t worked in many months and cannot afford to purchase his new mystery! We have an indie bookstore here ( Parnassus owned by Ann Patchett) and one of my most sad parts of this pandemic is that I cannot treat myself buying a book(s) from her! Reading is a wonderful past time and I would treasure his latest book…….I own 13 of his previous novels! You are so kind to do this for someone!!!


12 Candice Burke Cull November 12, 2020 at 7:03am

love these books! The perfect combination of light and dark in each one.


13 Kat Johansen November 12, 2020 at 7:11am

I’ve been dying to read this book ever since I found the Longmire series on Netflix which I am watching for the second time. I would love to win a copy of this book!


14 Carol Brown November 12, 2020 at 7:15am

I don’t usually read mysteries but I love the Longmire books for the settings, the characters, and their interpersonal relationships. I would appreciate winning a copy! Thanks for the opportunity!


15 Raeann Van Arsdall November 12, 2020 at 3:55pm

Thank you – love Craig Johnson!


16 Jeremy Feil November 13, 2020 at 3:48am

The Longmire series is an awesome one. I find it hard to put down any of them once I start reading. Craig Johnson is truly gifted and I look forward to his future releases.


17 Christen Rush November 13, 2020 at 5:54pm

Love the Longmire series!


18 Kimberly Osterberg November 13, 2020 at 6:56pm

Loved “The Wavers”


19 Traci November 13, 2020 at 8:56pm

Love this series! Thanks for the giveaway!


20 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
November 19, 2020 at 9:12am

We have a winner!


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